Nearly 33% of the current online population is planning to buy at least one product over the Web this holiday season, up from 8% last year, Harris reported.
Rooney moves online to new art site
Veteran marketing executive Jack Rooney joined Guild.com, a Madison, Wis., Internet seller of art, fine crafts and art books. Mr. Rooney, formerly VP-marketing at Miller Brewing Co., will become the 5-month-old company's VP-marketing.
He formerly worked with ad agencies Leagas Delaney; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Publicis & Hal Riney, all San Francisco.
IVillage buys FamilyPoint.com
Online women's network iVillage bought FamilyPoint.com, an online meeting place for families and groups, for about $26 million in stock and cash, plus up to $5 million based on performance.
CBS Corp. revises deal with Big Entertainment
CBS Corp. will get about a 30% stake in Big Entertainment, which includes Hollywood.com and Big Entertainment properties. Big Entertainment will receive about $105 million in ads, promotion and content during seven years across CBS properties.
The deal revises an agreement CBS made in April to take a 35% stake in Hollywood.com.
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MyPoints.com is looking at ways to port its Web incentive-points program to bricks-and-mortar stores, perhaps through its own plastic card or by finding a way to align with credit or shopper cards already in your wallet. MyPoints Chairman-CEO Steve Markowitz is scoping Canada's Air Miles incentives plan (www.airmiles.ca) for ideas. Mr. Markowitz, meanwhile, was not happy to see his site running an ad from rival promo outfit Ebates.com. "It's killing me," he says. What to do? "I'm a very mellow guy," says the intense, fast-talking, coffee-chugging chief. "I sent out an e-mail (inside MyPoints) saying we just have to think strategically about what advertising we accept." . . . Lot21 President-CEO Kate Everett-Thorp says her Web shop duels so often in reviews with San Francisco rivals Left Field and SF Interactive that "the three of us might as well come in together and save everyone time." Lot21, with ambitions to be a global powerhouse, moves into New York Oct. 1. Left Field also says it's plotting an eastern expansion. . . . NBC-backed portal Snap won an Emmy for an NBC-created spot about a kid teaching himself sign language so he could speak with a deaf classmate. We recall the comment of an NBC insider upon seeing the in-house agency's campaign early this year: "I was shocked. They actually were